Emergency Housing

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The Emergency Housing program manages the Daytime Warming Center and the Holiday Inn Shelter

The Daytime Warming Center was opened in early January 2021 as a place for people experiencing homelessness to stay warm and connect with resources during the day. It is open from 9:30AM to 4:30PM seven days a week and is located at the 176 South Winooski at the VFW Post. You can reach them at (802) 528-1015.

The Holiday Inn Shelter

The Holiday Inn in South Burlington is housing 125 individuals and families (as of April 2021), making it the largest shelter in the state. We have assisted more than 250 individuals since opening the shelter in April 2020 and have helped over 60 people transition into more permanent housing from the shelter. In addition to CVOEO staff, we have a Transitional Outreach Specialist from the Howard Center's Community Outreach Team working with us.

(Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger)

 

Why this shelter?

Because of the pandemic, much of Chittenden County’s homeless population was moved from traditional homeless shelters, where social distancing is nearly impossible, to single hotel rooms across the state. But this was not the most efficient way to provide services beyond shelter. The state sought to consolidate the locations and contacted CVOEO in March to ask if we would manage the Holiday Inn. We accepted without wavering. 

What services are provided?

We go above and beyond providing temporary shelter. Our goal is to provide an array of services that will help residents sustain housing. 

Each resident is paired with a case manager who helps with applications for housing, food stamps and social security benefits. There are also socially-distant classes held in the hotel’s conference room on renter’s rights (through our Vermont Tenants program),  substance use, and more.

Press about the Emergency Housing program

  • NBC5 video (2/14/2021) -> Resources available for those in need during the cold weather
  • Burlington Free Press article (2/1/2021) -> CVOEO's new walk-in warming station at Burlington's VFW brings help to 'complex lives'
  • Seven Days article (12/9/2020) -> Shelter in Place: The Pandemic Provides a Path to Housing the Homeless 
  • Milton Independent article (10/20/2020) -> Welch: "It's my job to get you the funding. It's your job to stay safe." Hotel accommodations for Vermont's homeless could end if federal funding not passed.
  • VT Digger article (10/20/2020) -> Funding cutoff looms for Vermonters using hotel vouchers during Covid-19
  • WCAX video (10/20/2020) -> Welch: Vermont homeless hotel funding hinges on stimulus deal

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